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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (11 Mar 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: rose—[HoN. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] This may be my last question, Mr. Speaker. Will the Secretary of State respond to a question that I have put several times since the Select Committee on Science and Technology in another place produced its recommendations for the Government? It said that the Government had no policy for industry and no policy for the country, and that if they did not take...

Opposition Day: Recession and Unemployment (19 Feb 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: In the middle of last year, in another place, the Select Committee on Science—and Technology—with a Conservative majority—concluded in its report that the Government had no policy for industry and no policy for Britain. Furthermore, it expressed the view that, if the Government did not alter course, no British-owned manufacturing industry would be left in this country.

Ports (Disposal of Land) (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I want to reiterate the stand that I have taken for a number of years. I am totally opposed to the privatisation of the ports that are affected by the Ports Act 1991. I make it abundantly clear also that the order is a mish-mash of incompetence. It is typical of the arguments that have been used by the privateers for many months. The privatisation supporters have found, even at this time,...

Ports (Disposal of Land) (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: It would be difficult to have a re-run, knowing full well not only the statutory requirements but the obligations in any tendering process followed by any utility and especially by the Government in this form of privatisation in which bidders are invited. Having been satisfied that the procedures were followed properly, it would be wrong to have a re-run on the basis of complaints that have...

Ports (Disposal of Land) (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I shall not give way—I will simply respond to the question. As for the Tees and Hartlepool port authority being the architect, I am sorry to say that the promoters of the private Bill made up their minds in June 1988, but they did not tell anyone until November, three or four days before depositing the Bill on the closing day. They did not consult anyone. They did not consult the county...

Ports (Disposal of Land) (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I merely say that the port is in desperate need of an early decision. The uncertainty has gone on long enough, and it is doing harm to the port. If the Government find that objectives have been met, a re-run will do more harm than good. It is unfortunate that debates of this sort are so short. It is not fair to those who occupy the Government and Opposition Front Benches. The matters under...

Manufacturing Industry (16 Oct 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Several hours ago I wandered into the Chamber thinking that I would have a rather restful, pleasant evening. I was looking forward to it, because last evening I celebrated completing 27 years to the day in the House of Commons. I looked around me and I thought, "Well, I have a lot of friends here. The hon. Member for Hartlepool is in an amenable mood. He will be rather placid and listen to an...

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policies (24 Jul 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Member for Esher (Mr. Taylor) said that it was important to reduce inflation in order to help industry. My retort to that is simple: the Conservative party should have stopped inflation rising. The temptation today has been to give historical tutorials, going back even to primitive man if that were allowed, in order to escape the responsibility for what has happened in recent times....

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policies (24 Jul 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Before the hon. Gentleman does that, does he not accept any blame for the rate of inflation, for increasing levels of unemployment or for the decline in investment in manufacturing industry? Does he ignore, reject and rebut the House of Lords report on science and technology published recently, in which the majority of his colleagues in another place said that the Government had no policy for...

Opposition Day: Business (Government Policies) (13 Jun 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: rose—

Opposition Day: Business (Government Policies) (13 Jun 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Does the Minister consider that a 51 per cent. increase in unemployment during the years of the Conservative Administration is a successful hallmark of industrial policy?

Opposition Day: Business (Government Policies) (13 Jun 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The right hon. Member for Croydon, South (Sir W. Clark) used some interesting words— The economy is soundly based. In that case, what on earth are the Government doing by delaying the election? Why are they so hesitant? If the economy is soundly based what other factor is deterring them from facing the electorate? The answer is quite simple —the right hon. Gentleman is wrong. For some...

Business of the House ( 6 Jun 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Some months ago, I raised with the Leader of the House the question of British hostages. At that time I reminded him that, rightly, diplomatic activity should have considerable priority. As no progress seems evident, will the right hon. Gentleman find time for a debate so that our voice may be heard? Alternatively, will he arrange for a statement to be made to update the House on what is...

Strategy for Health ( 4 Jun 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: Is the Secretary of State aware that his hon. Friends are wrong in suggesting that he has courage in deciding on targets? They are 12 years too late. Will he have the courage, however, to deal with one target, and that is the practice of health service consultants saying to patients that they must wait 12 months or more for treatment, but end up treating them if those same patients go private?

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Supplementary and Consequential Provisions Relating to Levy Under Section 16 (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: That usually happens late at night when everyone has gone home. Let me put a simple point to the Minister, who is always anxious to reply to points made. In March 1988, the Secretary of State for Transport made clear in an address to the British Ports Federation his disappointment at the ports' reluctance to respond to his invitation to privatise. The Bill comes in the light of that...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Supplementary and Consequential Provisions Relating to Levy Under Section 16 (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The question of land, as my hon. Friend says, is important. The Bill would not protect the proposers of any buy-out from subsequently undertaking unrelated port activities, using the land to obtain quick returns and high profits, whereas port investment is long-term, gives a low rate of return and provides low profits.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Supplementary and Consequential Provisions Relating to Levy Under Section 16 (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: I hope that the Minister will accept that the House needs to be quite clear about the meaning of new clauses 9 and 16 and the amendments under consideration. New clause 9 states: The Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order substitute for any percentage for the time being specified in section 16(2). That is rather a dog's breakfast. It does not tell the House very...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Financial Assistance for Employee Share Ownership Schemes (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister, of course, is seeking an explanation for the point which my hon. Friend put, but the essence of the matter is this. The Government supported the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill; they supported the principles and the financial measures in that Bill. Therefore, my hon. Friend's question is pertinent. Why is it not now a possibility even under this Bill?

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Financial Assistance for Employee Share Ownership Schemes (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The Minister says that that was not the case when we were dealing with the private Bill, but he must recognise—I am sure that he will not deny it—that the Bill before us was going through the House a few weeks behind the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Bill, which had been through the House and was in the Lords. Therefore, his explanation is not adequate.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill: Financial Assistance for Employee Share Ownership Schemes (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Edward Leadbitter: The hon. Gentleman's dates are wrong. The Bill did not come to the House until 27 November 1989, and it was kept in the House for many months after that in Committee, and some weeks after that before hon. Members could examine the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority proposals on site. Therefore, I am suggesting to the Minister—and I am sure that he will react honourably to this—that the...


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